Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05

Subject: Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 13:29:04 +1100 (EST)
Just to add to David's response...I have to agree that sleep is certainly a luxury for any team aiming for 200+.
But also, don't forget that the NSW teams have to contend with losing an hour's sleep due to the commencement of Daylight Savings time on the Saturdee nite...a cruel blow when one looks at their clock thinking it's 2am ("not bad")...but it's actually 3am ("sigh")! Doesn't sound like much, but it hurts!
The 'committed' HHB team managed to get 8 nocturnal birds this year, including 2 Bittern species within 3 minutes of each other, as well as three Tyto birding at night can also be very productive.
And there can be no doubt...the adrenalin is what gets you through to Sundee arvo...but being idle in the approach to 4pm is definitely a punishable offence in the Brewer camp. There's always a raptor or two that one can add to the list, etc etc.
Scared, David?

Tim wrote "After 3 hours sleep" and "After packing up our tents".

Tim, there's your problem ...

Tents??, three hours sleep?? No wonder you fell short of 200.

If you want to give your sponsors full value for their money you need to
ditch the tents - it's wasting valuable birding time putting them up and
then pulling them down!!. Try sleeping on some hard concrete or a picnic
table if you want a bit more luxury. Sleep simply cuts into yet more
valuable birding time. I will concede that you might need a hours snooze
at some stage (but no more!) to ensure you can tell the difference between
the real birds and those hallucinations. You might feel like crap later
but the adrenalin should get you through until 4.00PM Sunday - and that's
all that matters! Mind you, a down side, as one of my team members found,
is that there may be a tendency to drop off through the proceedings at the
post-twitchathon BBQ.

As a twitchathon veteran I've discovered that there is always room for
improvement. The mighty Whacked-out Woodswallows managed 229 in NSW
several weekends ago. Today I got a phone call from one of my team
members telling me she's working on some minor tweaking of our run for
next year so we can better our effort. I'm scared, very scared!


David Geering
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Department of Environment & Conservation
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